I always wear chaps when it is cool. They do a real good job of breaking the wind. I should probably wear them all of the time but like most people I get too hot in the summer. I keep telling myself, "you should wear them all of the time". Same way with leather jacket of similar item. I am guilty of not wearing one of them as often as I should.
I wear a leather jacket when the temp is in the 50s and 60s, add the chaps when it is in the 40s, and drag out the riding suit when it is in the 30s. In warm weather I usually wear long sleeves, long pants, boots, and a full face helmet. That's all I can take in hot weather.
I've got a pair of chaps that are "more holy than righteous." They are vented and work well for temps between 40-80 degrees. After that they get kind of warm. I also have a set of Joe Rocket Pants that I just got and will be wearing these more often, either with or without jeans.
No need for chaps on the Wing except for road rash protection. I use flannel lined Jeans when its cool. Even in 35 deg temps I am warmer with the lined jeans than with chaps over top of the same jeans. The leather cuts the wind very good but when the chaps get cold its no good.
THE PRECIDING IS THE RESULTS OF A ROAD TEST DONE IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR.
Used to wear chaps for "cool weather" riding, but switched to leather overpants for safety. Wear them most of the time, they unzip both ways for the full length of the leg, so I have the ability to add a little ventilation. Timbuktu overpants from Roadgear, a little pricey but very well made and like Quickdraw said:
Dead animal sliding on road... hurts less than live human.
In Louisiana it very rarely gets cold enough for chaps. But on occasion they are needed and I like to ride in any weather even the cold. I recently purchased some Wrap Chaps and they are great. They are made from quilted nylon and are secured with Vel-Cro. Very comfortable and warm. And if you are a big guy like me you may have difficulty locating leather chaps to fit you properly. No problem with Wrap Chaps.
I have a pair I keep in the right saddlebag. They're more of a leftover from my cruiser "uniform" than a nescessity, but if it's a little chilly or if it's raining, I'll put them on. I should probably invest in some cooler protectiove riding gear that I'll be inclined to wear more often.
We wear chaps in the cooler weather. Keep us plenty warm for cold weather riding not good for summer riding. I'm thinking of getting a pair of mesh pants for riding this summer I'm thinking they'll be much more comfortable than jeans or leather.
I have a pretty good rain suit. So if it's a little on the cool side I will wear
the bottoms. Then just take them off when it warms. Works for me and it saves space. You have to carry rain gear at all times in my opinion, so why carry two article of cloth's when one will do. Yaaaaa I realize there not leather, but it still works for me.
I'm originally from PA and up there I rode a Beemer all year 'round, except when there was snow or salt on the roads. I had a pair of leather pants made many years ago but found out very quickly that these pants didn't work very well when the temperature was 50 degrees early in the morning and 75 in the afternoon. When the sun comes out and it gets warmer the lining just sticks to your legs and it's very uncomfortable to ride and even worse when you go to get on or off your bike. I went back to the leather shop and had a pair of chaps made and found them to work much better. Warm in the cold weather and very easy to remove when it got warmer.
I now live in FL, ride an 1800 trike and carry my chaps in the trunk. I've used them when riding to rallies in the early spring in Tennessee and Missouri. Haven't used them very often here in FL, usually just put the rain pants on. If I were to buy a pair of chaps for warmth these days, I wouldn't go with leather. I'd go with one of the new fabrics - Sue
I bought leather coats and chaps last year for me and my wife. I like them in cool weather. We wore them in warmer weather while riding and took them off as soon as we stopped.
I wish I would have inquired more into the coole Kevlar type before I bought.